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Idared Apple Info – Learn How To Grow Idared Apple Trees At Home

Idared Apple Info – Learn How To Grow Idared Apple Trees At Home


By: Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

When you think of produce from Idaho, you probably think of potatoes. In the late 1930’s though, it was an apple from Idaho that was all the rage amongst gardeners. This antique apple, known as Idared, has become a rare find in nurseries and garden centers but is still a favorite apple for baking. Continue reading to learn how to grow Idared apple trees.

Idared Apple Info

The popular apple trees Jonathan and Wagener are the parent plants of Idared apples. Since their introduction in the late 1930’s, Idared apples also had offspring, the most notable being Arlet and Fiesta.

Idared produces medium sized, round apples with green skin that is heavily streaked with red, especially on the sides facing the sun. The skin can sometimes be a little thick, requiring peeling before eating. The flesh is a white to cream color with a sweet, yet slightly tart flavor. It is also crisp and finely grained, keeping its shape well when cooked.

Idared was very popular in its day for the long storage life of about six months, and flavor that improves the longer it is stored.

How to Grow Idared Apple Trees

Idared apple trees are spur-bearing and hardy in zones 4 through 8. They prefer a rich, loamy, well-draining soil.

Plant Idared apple trees in full sun where they’ll have room to grow to their average 12 to 16 feet (4-5 m.) height and width. Idared apple trees are often pruned annually to keep them about 8 feet (2 m.) tall for easy harvest and maintenance. They can also be trained into espaliers.

From seed, Idared can produce fruit in two to five years. They produce their fragrant, white apple blossoms early but fruit is harvested late, usually in fall around October to early November.

When growing Idared apples, you will need to have another nearby apple for pollination, as Idared apples are self-sterile. Recommended pollinators for Idared apples include:

  • Stark
  • Granny Smith
  • Spartan
  • Red Windsor
  • Grenadier

Borders or berms of pollinator attracting plants are beneficial to have near small fruit tree plantings. Chamomile is also a recommended companion plant for apples.

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Apple Tree 'Idared'

Malus domestica 'Idared'

  • Eating Apple.
  • A bright and cheerful coloured apple with a juicy, sweet flavour.
  • Stores well.
  • Self-sterile.
  • M26 rootstock.

Supplied as a bare root tree pruned to approximately 3-4 ft (90-120cm) tall including roots.

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A good coloured juicy eating apple. Tasty, although a little sharp and mild flavour with good keeping qualities. It has a firm white flesh.

This variety is very prolific and great for making apple sauce and pies and is usually harvested from September to October depending on the season.

Idared was developed at the University of Idaho in 1942. It is a cross between Jonathan and Wagener and is one of the most popular apples in America.

  • Season of use November-March.
  • First introduced in 1942, USA.
  • Self-sterile - requires a pollinator (another apple).
  • Grown on M26 rootstock for an ultimate (un-pruned) height of 8-12ft (2.4-3.65m) but can easily be kept at a height of 6-8 feet (1.8-2.4m).

Recommended by the RHS to be an excellent attractant and nectar source for bees and other beneficial insects.

Recommended by the RHS to assist in encouraging bats into the garden as the flowers are likely to attract moths and other night-flying insects which bats love to eat!


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Top Tips

  • Keep well watered, and if growing in a pot, use a good quality, soil-based compost.
  • Add Rootgrow Mycorrhizal Fungi to the roots when planting to help establish your tree more quickly.
  • Place your tree in a sunny position for the best crops.

Care Guide

  • Apply a slow-release fertiliser such as blood, fish and bone, in early spring, and mulch to retain moisture.
  • Water regularly, and don't let the soil dry out if planted in pots.
  • Established trees don't require radical pruning - just take off any diseased, dying and damaged branches in late winter. Look at the overall shape and aim for an open structure of branches and remove any that cross over so they don't damage each other.


List Of Cross Pollination Trees For Honeycrisp Apple Trees

Cross pollination requires the bloom times of two trees to overlap. Trees in flowering group 4 will overlap in bloom time, be pollinated by and help pollinate trees in groups 3, 4 and 5. The Honeycrisp apple tree is self-fertile, but even self-fertile trees give a better crop of apples when cross pollinated from another tree. The Calville Blanc is a classic dessert apple that dates from the late 16th century that grows well in zones 4 to 7. This variety of crabapple provides a good flavor for cider. The Malus Golden Hornet crabapple is a late-season bloomer in flowering group 5. If the trees are to be planted near each other, they should be grafted onto rootstock that will provide a similar sized tree.


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